Causes of Bad Hair Days
When you’re having a bad hair day, it can zap your confidence and ruin the whole day. So obviously this is a situation that you want to avoid, which is why you should try to get to the heart of the matter. As with any other situation, there are causes and solutions to the bad hair day dilemma that you may not know of, or have possibly forgotten about over the years. That said, here are some of the most common causes, and solutions that can help you avoid them in the future.
Weather-induced Bad Hair Days
Weather-induced bad hair days can be blamed on a protein known as Keratin that’s found in every strand of hair on your body. Keratin can break apart inside of the strand if the weather is humid, like in the summer. Broken keratin proteins then lead to your hair swelling up, which causes hair to frizz. Unfortunately, you’re not safe from damaged keratin in the winter either because the dry winter air and dry heat used to keep your home warm cause hair to have static. This in turn causes your hair to fly away and become harder to manage.
So what is there to do when you’re away from home and your collection of trustworthy hair products? Learn how to use what you’ve got in your purse! The odds of having a few bobby pins, a hair tie, hand cream and/or a comb in your purse are high, and if you’re not carrying these items with you, then we strongly suggest you do so. If you’re having a frizzy hair day due to rain or humidity, use your hand cream to apply to the tips. Also take a bobby pin and pin your bangs out of your face.
Another tip is to use your hair tie to make a messy bun or top knot bun; this is a great way to prevent the world from noticing. Finally, for those with long hair, you can braid it to take care of the problem. But no matter what tips you follow, just remember that it’s still important to apply a small amount of lotion on the ends of your hair to reduce frizz and give your hair a little more hold.
Bad Hair Days Caused by Lack of Time
When you’re running behind schedule because you reset the alarm too many times in the morning, you might not have enough time to style your hair to its full potential. In this situation, you can opt for a simple bun or braid as previously talked about; however, those aren’t the only options you have in this situation.
You can style your hair with little time by applying smoothing balm or cream onto damp hair, and then put your hair half up by securing it with a hair clip, bobby pins or a small hair elastic. If you have short bangs, style them with a flat iron so that they’re not bringing attention to the rest of your hair. To save yourself some time in the morning, and to give yourself a few extra minutes in front of the mirror, you should shower the night before, and lay your clothes out before going to bed at night. This enables you to sleep a little longer and have more time for your hair.
Styling Product Overload
You may suffer from a bad hair day due to over-styling or applying too much hair product to your hair. If you’re using too much hairspray or mousse, you’ll have crispy hair, which can cause it to look dirty. Once you’ve applied too much mousse or hairspray, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to fix it. If you use argon, Moroccan, or other hair oils in your hair to keep the frizz down, then you may apply too much, thus causing your hair to look greasy and in need of a shampoo. These situations are often the result of hairstyles that happen in a hurry when you’re not focusing on what you’re doing.
Nap Time Mishaps
If you’ve decided to take a nap in the middle of the day, or have accidentally fallen asleep on your desk, then your hair may have taken a turn for the worse! And hopefully, you’ve learned to carry a few beauty essentials with you for such occasions. If you have flat hair that looks greasy after you’ve slept on it, use dry shampoo to bring it back to life. If you’ve got plenty of time and have short hair, here is how to fix your bed head hair:
- To revive short hair, use a spray bottle to lightly mist your hair with water; don’t overdo it though!
- Next you’ll want to use a hair gel or mouse, and continue styling as usual.
- Finish up with a shot of hairspray to ensure that the messy hair doesn’t make another appearance.
For those with longer hair, consider yourself lucky because long hair hides messy hair better than a short style, making styling short hair harder. Focus on the area that is causing the problems, and use a curling iron or flat iron to pump the hair back up. If you’re unable to get to heat styling tools, then comb through the tangles, or put your hair in a ponytail.
If you have been suffering from one bad hair day after another, you may want to look at the health of your hair. If you are having a lot of frizz-filled days, you could have split ends that need tending to. Also look at the food you’re eating. If your diet is lacking protein and water, your hair will become dry and easily damaged. So take care of your hair from the inside-out in order to make it easier to manage on those bad hair days.
Guest contributor Ashley Olson is a professional beauty writer, she loves to write about hair care, hair styles and common beauty problems young women have to deal with on a daily basis.
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